Razor clam dig underway on ocean beaches

State fishery managers have approved the second of two evening razor-clam digs this month, this one running from today (Friday) through Wednesday, Nov. 20, at various ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that digging is not allowed at any beach before noon, noting that best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.

WDFW has scheduled the coming dig on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

· Nov. 16, Saturday, 5:42 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

· Nov. 17, Sunday, 6:20 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Nov. 18, Monday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors

· Nov. 19, Tuesday, 7:33 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

· Nov. 20, Wednesday, 8:09 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

“This is a great opportunity to dig some razor clams for your Thanksgiving table,” said Ayres, who recommends the recipe for the “Best Darn Razor Clam Dip Ever” on the WDFW website at http://goo.gl/57Z2Zr. He also recommends bringing a lantern for evening digs.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

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